LEAVE THE GUIDEBOOK BEHIND. DESTINATIONS COME TO LIFE WHEN VIEWED THROUGH A LOCAL LENS
For art enthusiasts, history buffs, and those seeking a quintessential cultural experience, no journey is complete without understanding the most iconic sights of a destination. To truly appreciate a location in the present time, you want to connect to the events and individuals that helped form its historic and cultural identity.
With Azamara’s Cruise Global, View Local shore excursions, the world’s most treasured art, history, and cultural experiences are on display. Stroll through stunning exhibits at the Fabergé Museum, delve in to archaeological adventures at Chichén Itza, and go below ground to uncover the best-kept secrets of the past at the Vatican. More than museums, we deliver on bucket-list locations that will inspire you to write an unforgettable chapter in your travel log.
View over 4,000 works of art, including nine exquisite Easter eggs crafted by Peter Carl Fabergé. This expansive museum is a fascinating blend of royal excess and folk culture that offers unique insight into Russian culture.
Visit the esteemed Fabergé Museum. Centrally located in St. Petersburg in the recently renovated Shuvalov Palace, a gorgeous Neoclassical stunner on the Fontanka River, the Fabergé Museum is a private collection of over 4,000 works of decorative and other fine arts. Wander its halls and salons to admire pieces crafted from silver, gold, porcelain and bronze, plus rich paintings.
The hallmark of the Museum is the collection of nine Imperial Easter eggs ordered by the last two tsars of the House of Romanov, the second dynasty to rule Russia until the February Revolution led to the rise of Bolshevism. The collection also contains a selection of other significant works by Peter Carl Fabergé, characterized by the jeweler’s use of precious metals and gems in the tradition of Russia’s iconic pisanki Easter eggs. The artwork in this glorious museum marks a fascinating nexus of royal excess and folk culture that Russia hasn’t been seen since the days of the tsars.
Go beneath St. Peter’s Basilica on an exclusive tour of the Vatican Necropolis. At its end you’ll view the tomb of the Apostle Peter, then head back up to experience St. Peter’s Square and the Trevi Fountain.
Embark on a rare tour of the Vatican Necropolis, set beneath the gilded halls of St. Peter’s Basilica. Learn how these underground reaches were brought to light during excavations in the 1940s. See richly adorned and frescoed pagan tombs flanked by the Christian tombs of later years. At the end of the Necropolis, find what biblical legend states and many preeminent scholars agree, is the tomb of the Apostle Peter.
Back above ground, go inside St. Peter’s, the largest church in the world. Witness Michelangelo’s Pieta, the great bronze statue of St. Peter, and the exquisite Bernini’s Canopy set atop the high altar. Spend some time in St. Peter’s square snapping photos and milling about the souvenir stands, before enjoying lunch at a nearby restaurant. Afterwards, browse the shops surrounding Trevi Fountain, and following local lore, toss in a coin to ensure your return to Rome.
Best of Kuala Lumpur
Discover one of Asia’s most engaging cities. Tour the National Museum and learn about Malaysian history, stop for a photo op at independence square, shop the bustling Central Market and gaze up at the magnificent Petronas Towers.
This is a great introduction to Asia's most happening city, Kuala Lumpur. Your first stop will be the National Museum where you will have the opportunity to see the interesting exhibits on pre-history era and proto-era Malaysia, Malacca Sultanate, Colonial era and Malaysia Today after 50 years of Independence. This will be followed by a photo stop at the Independence Square, which holds important events such as National day celebrations and street parades. Located within is the Royal Selangor Club, a charming mock Tudor structure.
Then visit Central Market. It used to be the town’s wholesale and wet market for fresh produce and was renovated and reopened in 1986. It is the first example of a heritage building being adapted for a different use and is now a leading craft center in the city. Your next stop will be at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, the modern icon and pride of Malaysia. After lunch, you will have a photo opportunity at the National Palace, the official residence of the King of Malaysia.
Chichén Itza Mayan Ruins
This archaeological adventure takes you to the heart of Mexico’s great Mayan empire. Step back in time and explore pyramids, temples, and an astounding observatory created by an advanced ancient culture.
Set off on an archeological quest to the ruins of Chichén Itza, once the home of Mexico’s great Mayan empire. This archeological find is so significant it’s both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Wonder of the World. Covering six square miles and boasting hundreds of buildings, exploring this site is like stepping back in time thousands of years. Stroll in the shadows of the mighty Kulkulcan Pyramid, the focal point of the once-thriving city.
See the ancient Mayan ballpark, where games were played. Witness the Temple of Warriors and the very observatory where Mayan priests miraculously calculated celestial events long before the dawn of technology. Break for a box lunch with soft drinks or beer. Learn about the many scientific